Assessing Greenhouse Feasibility: A Report to the Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara - Hapū of Horohoro, New Zealand Public
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This project produced a feasibility report for a hydroponic greenhouse to the Ngāti Kea - Ngāti Tuara Hapū of Horohoro, New Zealand that aims to utilize the excess electricity produced by the Maori community’s micro-hydro power system. To ascertain opinions on a greenhouse project and specific candidate crops, watercress and koura, the team interviewed and surveyed members of the hapū, restaurants, and consumers in nearby tourist hot-spot Rotorua. The report presents a series of flow charts, allowing the hapū to choose a greenhouse structure and technology. The project also addressed the micro-hydro system’s intake congestion and documented its maintenance. Technical reviews and participant observation allowed the team to recommend a floating boom to decrease the congestion.
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